on 17 September 2015
This story of two years wandering in Arabia 1876-78 has been described as one of the greatest of all travel books. The narative is compact and requires careful reading. A comparison with Chaucer's Canterbuty Tales came to my mind. The author Charles M Doughty has a similar perception and descriptive powers to portray in words the strengths and frailties of humanity. This is the essence of the story. He portrays the persons - the Bedouin - the villagers - his guides - Emirs. He brings them to life. We understand them.
The people are recognisable around us today. There is a freshness to this adventure that is not locked in the past. We gain a greater understanding of Arabians from this story. The World of today is a Global Village. In our everyday lives we meet people of all Races and Religions. It is thereful helpful to understand and know something about them - their beliefs - their native environments - and their characters.